otsisto at socket.net
Mon Dec 21 10:06:48 PST 2009
To my understanding, in Italy, the process will vary from company to
company. Some will harvest olives when half to most on the tree has just
started to turn black. A few will hand pick the ripened olives and press
them but usually they charge more for that oil. :)
On the episode* of "Dirty Jobs" that involved a small olive oil producer,
almost all of the olives they harvested and processed into oil were green.
IIRC the oil guy said something about "this is the way it's done" without
explaining why they press green olives instead of ripe olives.
*one of only about six I have actually seen
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